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According to Business Live (5 August 2022) the SA Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA) announced that it has recorded the country’s first death caused by a Covid-19 vaccine, in a person who developed Guillain-Barre syndrome after receiving the Johnson & Johnson (J&J) shot.
“SAHPRA has assessed a further 160 deaths reported to have occurred shortly after Covid-19 vaccination, all of which had been determined to be coincidental. The European Medicines Agency concluded in July 2021 that there was a possible increased risk and causal relationship between Guillain-Barre syndrome and the J&J vaccine, following a review of 108 suspected cases of the disorder reported among 21-million people worldwide who had received the shot.
“Guillain-Barre syndrome is an extremely rare disorder in which the body’s immune system attacks the nervous system, causing muscle weakness and potential paralysis. It can be caused by a viral or bacterial infection and was flagged by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2021 as a potential risk associated with the J&J vaccine.